|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||July 25, 2012|
University of Puget Sound
PAE-24: Sustainability Policy Advocacy
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Associate Vice President of Business Services/Community Engagment
Has the institution advocated for federal, state, and/or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability?:
A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability, including the issues, bills, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:
University representatives were invited to participate on the Mayor’s Green Ribbon Task Force, which generated the Sustainable Tacoma Commission. This organization awards funding to local groups, including colleges, for sustainable projects. In addition, the university worked with Jean MacGregor, director of the Curriculum for the Bioregion program at the Washington Center, to request that Senator Patty Murray support the Higher Education Sustainability Act (HESA). This act creates a new grant program for higher education institutions at the Department of Education to develop and implement sustainability curricula, practices, and academic programs.
Puget Sound’s Sound Policy Institute (SPI) (which is a major Puget Sound Civic Scholarship Initiative program) offers an annual course on four legislative priorities put forth by environmental groups in Washington State. SPI invites advocates of these state policy proposals to speak and organize students and community members to campaign for them.
The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts are available:
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